After six years of organisation and fundraising by a community group, work has begun on the Highfield recreation site in Lancaster.
The Gregson Community Association (GCA) has been working hard to transform the site at the junction of Quernmore Road and Derwent Road – which features two bowling greens, an art deco pavilion and derelict tennis courts – into something the community can be proud of.
Although the bowling greens are currently used, the tennis courts and pavillion are crumbling.
The project is expected to cost around £200,0000, with funding secured from Sport England, Community Spaces,
Lancashire Environment Fund, Lancaster City Council, Lancashire County Council and the National Westminster Bank.
A NatWest Community Force Award, which was granted in 2011, was also a huge boost to the fundraising effort, providing an additional £6,250.
Alison Halladay, chair of the Gregson Community Association (GCA) Highfield sub-group, said: “The Highfield site is the jewel in the crown of this part of Lancaster.
“We are delighted that after years of hard work by the community we can now look forward to a completely restored, high quality recreational facility being open.”
Plans include a continuation of the bowling greens, as well as full restoration of the tennis courts, and conversion of one of the double courts into a multi-use games area for tennis, five-a-side football and more.
Liasing with Lancaster City Council enabled the community group to transfer responsibility for the site to the Gregson Community Association (GCA). Work is expected to be completed by July.